The quarter finals of Wimbledon draws to a close on Wednesday when the four remaining matches are played out on the two show courts at SW19. That means at the end of the play we will know the identity of the semi-finalists in both singles draws.
We were treated to four brilliant quarter finals on Tuesday, each of which went the distance, and there is nothing to suggest we won’t see much more of the same when some of the best players in the world head into battle.
Simona Halep vs Amanda Anisimova
The opening quarter final on Centre Court has all the makings of a cracking contest when the 2019 champion, and only former Grand Slam champion remaining in the tournament, Simona Halep, takes on the young bright American star Amanda Anisimova.
Anisimova has a big game as she showed when he took Harmony Tan to the cleaners in the previous round but she’ll need not just power but plenty of accuracy to get the better of Simona Halep, who has looked back to her best in the last couple of rounds. Paula Badosa was meant to lay down a serious challenge to the Romanian but she won just three games and could barely get the ball past Halep. Anisimova might be a cleaner hitter than Badosa on this surface so this is going to be a fascinating contest. I think the defensive and counter punch skills of Halep will come through this but this is a match where the outcome might be on the racquet of her opponent. I’m happy to watch this as a spectacle rather than with the shadow of a bet.
Taylor Fritz vs Rafael Nadal
The men’s quarter final on Centre Court on Wednesday sees the former champion Rafael Nadal continuing his quest for what would be an incredible calendar Grand Slam when he meets the man who beat him in the final of Indian Wells earlier in the year in Taylor Fritz.
Fritz was the first person to beat Nadal this year so that will give him a lot of confidence on a surface where he is probably more naturally suited than Nadal. However great champions hate losing to the same player more than once in succession so Nadal will be all out to win this one and make it through to the semi-final. That means we should be in for a cracker. Nadal has had to go four sets a couple of times in the earlier rounds but the longer the tournament has gone on he has looked much better, as you would have expected when he didn’t play a single warm up match on grass. Fritz hasn’t dropped a set yet and while he goes massively up in class here he’ll know he can beat Nadal. I expect a really close quarter final here and one which won’t be won in straight sets. Their Indian Wells final had a couple of close sets so I like over 38.5 games here.
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Ajla Tomljanovic vs Elena Rybakina
The ladies quarter final over on Court 1 will see Ajla Tomljanovic playing for a place in the semi-final a year after losing in the last eight of this competition when she meets Elena Rybakina in what is a great opportunity for both women to make the last four in a Grand Slam for the first time.
Tomljanovic ran into the eventual champion Ash Barty in the last eight last year and there was no stopping Barty on that occasion but she has a more favourable draw here and after seeing off Barbora Krejcikova and Alize Cornet to make it to this stage she should be carrying a lot of confidence. There is no hiding from the fact that the draw has opened up for Rybakina. She is yet to face anyone in the top 50 in the world in this tournament but you can only beat what is in front of you and she has blitzed her way through the draw. I think this will be a tight match. Rybakina has threatened to do this for a couple of years so it might be her time but Tomljanovic loves Wimbledon so this is another to watch rather than bet on.
Cristian Garin vs Nick Kyrgios
The men’s action over on Court 1 on Wednesday sees the supposed bad boy of tennis Nick Kyrgios looking to make it through to a Wimbledon semi-final when he takes on the surprise package of the week in the Chilean star Cristian Garin.
All eyes will be on Kyrgios here. He is the overwhelming favourite to make it through but he didn’t carry the favourite tag too well against either Paul Jubb in the first round or Brandon Nakashima in the last one and Garin showed in the last 16 that if you let him hang around he’ll make you pay. Alex de Minaur should have beaten him in straight sets but didn’t and paid the ultimate price. This match is on the racquet of Kyrgios. If he plays well and serves well and keeps his focus he wins this match. If his focus slips then Garin could be dangerous. Kyrgios matches are always great to watch and this one is best watched without a bet as he could win 3-0 just as easily as he could lose 3-2.
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